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Bastl Instruments making things that all mobile musicians should consider …

I’m a fan of Bastl and I have been since I first saw them in Frankfurt in 2014. They’re makers of excellent hardware and ever since I first met them they’ve made more and more excellent devices.

I met them in Berlin this year at Loop, as they were running a workshop and I was using the space for a workshop directly after them. They were kind enough to provide me with one of their new Kastle synths. I posted about Kastle a few weeks ago. It’s an awesome little device and packs way more punch than you’d ever think from a tiny little micro modular.

Bastl’s latest video on Kastle gives a detailed walk through of the synth and is really worth watching. But be warned, you might not be able to turn back!

But of course Bastl Instruments do so much more, and in fact their latest foray into DIY is a cause for celebration in itself. OMSynth miniLab is a circuit development and performance interface designed to help inventors quickly build and experiment with creative circuits. It was designed with beginners in mind but is perfectly suited for seasoned builders and complex circuit development.

In many ways OMSynth miniLab seems like a likely successor to Teenage Engineering’s now discontinued OpLab, although in many ways a lot more hands on and experimental. This is a device that could get people involved in some real experimentation, which can only be a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

If that wasn’t enough Bastl have also announced bitRanger ADDON boards, BITBOARD & SYNAPSIS. bitRanger in itself is an excellent experimental synth and these new add ons take it up to the next level. The BitBoard is a breadboard add-on module that allows users to build custom circuits and user interfaces for the BitRanger, and the synapsis is a 4×4 pushbutton matrix that offers performative control of the Bit Ranger.

When you add all of this up, what you get is a synth company who are really pushing the boundaries of modular, of experimentation, and of miniaturisation too. These are not easy boundaries to push. What Bastl are doing is hard, and yet they make it seem easy, effortless. That requires real skill and a generous helping of excellent design talent.

Personally, I think that Bastl have a very bright future. Who knows where they’ll go next, but wherever it is it’s going to be exciting and probably break some new ground. I’ll be watching whatever it is they do in 2017, and I bet it’ll be great.

I’ll leave you with this interview with Bastl after the workshop they did at Loop.

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Video: MiniGranny Jam (w/ bitRanger, Minisizer, MicroGranny 2, Volca Beats)

Video description:

“This is a stereo drone jam with the Bastl bitRanger, Anyware Instruments Minisizer, MicroGranny 2.4 and Volca Beats 🙂

Questions or comments? Go ahead and post them below! 🙂 Thanks for watching! Check out my channel for more Synthesizer Music.

Audio gear used:
– Bastl Instruments bitRanger (logic computer synth, syncing the Volca Beats)
– Bastl Instruments MicroGRanny 2.4 (granular sampler with drone samples)
– Anyware Instruments Minisizer (analog modular synth child of the legendary Tinysizer)
– Korg Volca Beats (drum machine)
– Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer (sequencing the Minisizer)”

Video published by Tuesday Night Machines.

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Video: 10 Bastl BITRANGER Tips & Tricks!

Video description:

“Here are some things you might not know about the Bastl Instruments bitRanger patchable logic synth!

bitRanger demo video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TSJW2z51lo

bitRanger in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3fU_-HFCV8

More bitRanger info:
http://www.bastl-instruments.com/instruments/bitranger/

bitRanger manual with even more tips:
http://www.bastl-instruments.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/MANUAL-BIT-RANGER-SMALL_FINAL-1.pdf

bitRanger Features:

  • LFO clock oscillator for rhytmical modulation
  • VCO oscillator is synced to the HFO oscillator
  • 4 modes of operation selectable by 2 switches
  • built in speaker with volume control
  • 9V DC center positive power supply input
  • 9V battery compartment from the bottom
  • up to 20mA power draw on headphones, up to 60mA with speaker (minimum 20 hours on battery)
  • On /Off switch
  • expansion connector
  • package includes 3 photo resistors – make your oscillators respond to light by plugging these into the Bend socket”

Video published by The Tuesday Night Machines.

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Video: bitSizer Jam (w/ bitRanger, Minisizer Modular Synth, MicroGranny & more …)

Video description:

“Here are the Minisizer and bitRanger playing together, with additional sounds form the MicroGranny 2 and the Volca Beats Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c…

The bitRanger acts as sequencer and modulator for itself and the Minisizer. It feeds its audio into the Minisizer too, where it’s mixed with sweet analog waves and sent through the 24dB ladder filter. Additionally I’m launching samples from the MicroGranny. The Volca Beats is up on drum duty, synced to the bitRanger, although I’m also adding some percussion sounds from the bitRanger and Minisizer in later as well.

Anyware Instruments Minisizer Demo Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBnBiKIOxSk

Bastl Instruments bitRanger Demo Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TSJW2z51lo

Questions or comments? Go ahead and post them below! 🙂 Thanks for watching! Check out my channel for more Synthesizer Music.

Audio gear used:

  • Bastl Instruments bitRanger (logic computer)
  • Anyware Instruments Minisizer (analog modular synth)
  • Bastl Instruments MicroGranny 2.4 (granular sampler)
  • Korg Volca Beats (drum machine)”

Video published by The Tuesday Night Machines.

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Video: bitRanger – Sound Journey

Video description:

“Please support me on Patreon if you enjoy my content: https://www.patreon.com/synthanatomy?ty=h

Bastl Instruments bitRanger is a patchable analog logic computer which sculpts sonic worlds ranging from data noise to melodic arpeggios. In this demo, I want share some audio demos about this new release and I combine it with the KORG miniKaosspad2

More informations here: http://www.bastl-instruments.com/instruments/bitranger/

Video published by Synth Anatomy.

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Video: RangerGranny Jam (w/ bitRanger, MicroGranny 2.0 & Volca Beats)

Video description:

“Jamming with the Volca Beats, synced to the Bastl bitRanger, with some additional live button mashing on the MicroGranny 2.0 🙂 

Questions or comments? Go ahead and post them below! 🙂 Thanks for watching! Check out my channel for more Synthesizer Music.

Audio gear used:

  • Bastl Instruments / Casper Electronics bitRanger logic computer synth
  • Bastl Electronics MicroGranny 2.4 granular sampler
  • Korg Volca Beats drum machine”

Video published by The Tuesday Night Machines.